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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To London & Back in 4 Days

Rob had the privilege of traveling to London last Sunday to meet with some of the MAF staff at the UK Headquarters for Operations for the Africa region. Truly a whirlwind trip! He left Sunday evening and arrived home on Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday however there was time to see a few of London's sights. For not ever traveling across the Atlantic, he couldn't go to London without trying to see something. The purpose for this trip was to interview and evaluate Rob for the position of Chief Engineer in Madagascar. We are very pleased to announce that MAF has accepted Rob for this position and our family is now officially Madagascar bound!!!

This is a little section of town in Ashford, UK--about a half hour train ride south of London. The UK operations office is located here in Ashford.
A church in Ashford
Big Ben, in London of course. It was very nice that it was sunny during the only day that Rob had to see some sights!
The Eye
Rob remarked how narrow their streets were.
London Bridge
City Hall in London
Buckingham Palace
Green Park
The British Royal Museum
Outside of the British Royal Museum
The Rosetta Stone, which Rob seemed pretty excited to see.
This is a chair made of gun parts. This is part of an Africa display and all the guns used were traded in by the locals for tools.
And a tree sculpted from gun parts as well.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Playing At Oma's Again

We are back and forth between our house and Oma's again. She has gone on a round-world tour and is now in Zambia visiting her daughter and son-in-law and has met her newest twin granddaughters.

Meanwhile, we are here enjoying her house once again.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Is Here

September has arrived and the crisp air is sending us a signal that Fall will be upon us shortly! It has been a fantastic summer; we have done much and learned even more.

"Good-bye Summer, until next year ..."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Tonight Faith goes to Awana! I am pretty happy for this opportunity. I grew up going to Awana and have some very nice memories of the program. For those of you who may not have heard of Awana, it is a kids club that focuses on Scripture memory to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

Each week more than 1 million kids ages 2 to 18 participate in Awana. Over 12,000 churches in the U.S. and more than 8,000 internationally run Awana programs that change young lives through biblical truth.

Why AWANA? The name is based on 2 Timothy 2:15

I'm looking forward to a great year with Faith there, and who knows, maybe we'll start our own club in Madagascar when we get there!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

One Day at a Time

Has a day ever gone by where your mind just won't rest. Everything you have going on, or jobs you need to prepare for are swirling around in your head crippling you from actually doing anything productive. In fact, this feeling of being overwhelmed is causing you to lash out in anger and resentment to people you actually love dearly!? This week I had one of those days that I felt everything going on in my life needed to be sorted out now! There was no rational thinking, it was total and complete worry, I abandoned all senses and went into full reaction mode I like to call it. Simply reacting to life's situations without self control, just the way I feel like reacting at any given moment.

As you can imagine, this is pretty dangerous and damaging behavior! Especially to those you love the most, those living within the four walls of your own home. I won't go into gruesome detail of all the stupidity that took place, all of the actions and words I wish could be taken back and buried someplace. But I will mention that on the phone yesterday I found myself saying the most absurd thing! When asked how Rob and I were doing, personally, I responded cheerfully and very matter-of-factly with something like, "Rob and I try and remind each other that we need to live moment by moment, day by day. Things become far too overwhelming if we try and focus on everything all at once." Now, I don't think anything is wrong with that statement, however, I am convinced that it was the Holy Spirit talking through me, at me. This is what we pray for, how we wish we conducted everyday life, but it certainly wasn't our reality at that moment.

Please pray for us right now. We feel like we are doing a balancing act right now, and need to keep trusting that God is ultimately in control, wanting us to lean fully on Him!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Island

Last week was spent on Vancouver Island. It was a wonderful time, full of visiting wonderful people! 

Because I spent the first 20 years of my life in Nanaimo, I was blessed to form some deep lasting friendships over those years. Returning to my hometown and seeing people I literally 'grew-up' with was so encouraging to me. I am very thankful for those relationships and recognize that it is a rare thing! How many individuals still visit and spend time with those they knew in their childhood and teen years? It encouraged me, also, to see how they were seeking to follow what God wants for their lives.

As we left Nanaimo, I could only hope that the people we spent time with last week were also encouraged and blessed by our visit.